I am a junior and a psychology major at Central Michigan University. So far I am one semester "behind" schedule to graduate with a B.S. in psychology. In the last year I decided that I wanted to pursue nursing, with the end goal of working as a pediatric or neonatal NP. I am interested in psychology, and if I continued to persue psychology I would probably get a Ph.D. in psychology and become a clinical psychologist, or maybe a social work degree and become a counselor or case worker.
I am torn, because if I want to do nursing I have to do a one year nursing bridge and that is somewhat complicated and accelerated; probably pretty difficult. I'm not great at math, either. Still, I feel that I don't want to work in mental health because I have bipolar II disorder and I've experienced a lot of that mental health field... and I just don't feel like that is the area of health care I really should be in. I do think I would be a good therapist or social service employee, but I feel that job would wear me down because of the intense, psychological nature of that line of work. I feel like as a nurse, your job is very difficult but it is also more clear cut; medicine is more straightforward than behavioral health.
Please give me some advice about this topic...I do not deal with extreme stress all that well but I do deal with some stress well. I like working with people and I would consider myself very caring person. I am also generally very patient and I enjoy caring for people- both of which fit into psychological work and nursing! I'm just so torn- and I've been in this dilemma for like,a year.
What should I do with my life?!